Why Karim Khan stands tall among his peers in battle

Deputy President William Ruto ( R) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in September 10, 2013. Ruto appeared at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday for the opening of his trial on charges of co-orchestrating a post-election bloodbath five years ago. To the left is defence counsel Karim Khan. AFP PHOTO/Michael Kooren

What you need to know:

  • Mr Khan leads the Deputy President’s defence team, comprising David Hooper, Shyamala Alagendra, Venkateswari Alegandra and Essa Faal. 
  • Mr Khan boasts a rich profile though. He specialises in international criminal law— acting on behalf of governments, heads of State, political leaders, military officers and victims before international criminal courts.

The ICC is full of prominent lawyers money can buy but Mr Karim Ahmad Khan’s confrontational style distinguishes him from his peers.


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